They have the annoying habit of chewing on plants because they help them digest.
Let's be honest, sometimes this is just a playground to scratch the dirt or scratch your claws. Berries, leaves, stems, sap ...
Some plants are dangerous poisons and can have serious consequences for animals.
Find out which poisonous plants to avoid when having a cat!
5 houseplants that are toxic to cats
This list is not exhaustive, but it brings together 5 common plants that are dangerous for our cats. Sometimes they cause simple abdominal pain and diarrhea. Other times, heart and neurological problems are caused by absorption.
A tropical plant that can be torn apart thanks to its beautiful and long flowering. In cats, it causes salivation, digestive disorders, diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding, breathing and swallowing problems. Nothing very reassuring for this plant which is highly toxic by contact or by ingestion.
If your cat ingests certain varieties of philodendron, it could be poisoned causing respiratory and digestive problems, bleeding, diarrhea or even vomiting.
It is one of the most common plants in our interiors. Whether it is contact or ingestion, your cat could suffer from vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, mouth sores, kidney damage, or facial edema.
With its tropical look, it easily finds its place in the house. However, it is one of the plants to be banned for cat owners. It causes colic, hypothermia, hypersalivation. Sometimes it even goes so far as to cause hindquarters and a coma, but these consequences are much rarer.
They are trends the caladiums with their large decorative leaves. However, they should be kept away from cats because they risk causing irritation to the skin and mucous membranes.
5 dangerous garden plants for cats
If your cat is lucky enough to have an outdoors, he will not be deprived of tasting all the plants in the garden! Here are 5 plants to avoid outdoors.
It is one of the most toxic shrubs for cats. It only takes 2-3 leaves to kill a dog ... Indeed, swallowing the leaves can cause cardiac arrest or paralysis of the respiratory muscles.
It adorns heather earth soils with its large, bright and colorful flowers. However, rhododendron should be avoided because of its digestive, cardiac and neurological toxicity. The same goes for the azalea.
- Lily of the valley:
The May Star can cause hypersalivation, diarrhea, seizures and tremors. Be careful with the water in the vase, which is also toxic.
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- Tulips and hyacinths:
These two bulbs cause irritation to the mouth, digestive system and skin.
Nature is well done because the bitterness of the leaves is enough to curb your cat's cravings. Be careful not to tempt the devil, because boxwood is highly toxic. All parts of the plant contain alkaloids which paralyze your pet. The lethal dose is a few grams of the leaves. We then avoid the boxwood, which can easily be replaced by an osmanthus.
What if my cat has ingested a poisonous plant?
Immediately call your veterinarian who will probably advise you to take the animal to him immediately.
He can then assess the severity of the poisoning and make the best decision to treat him.
Sometimes a digestive bandage will suffice, sometimes it will be necessary to resort to an infusion or an anticonvulsant.
How do I keep my cat away from plants?
Even if your plants aren't poisonous, you may not want your cat to come and wreck them. You have to be malicious to keep it away.
At first, you can use catnip. This grass attracts your cat who will lose interest in other plants.
Another tip: citrus fruits! Put your peelings at the foot of your plant. Your cat is afraid of this smell and will signal his dissatisfaction by stepping back. There is no doubt that he does not put his paws on it anymore!
Same observation with the pepper that it will be necessary to consider renewing regularly to maintain its effectiveness.